Troops Crack the Ammo Code: Intercepting Truckload to Anambra State

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🗞️Nigerian Troops Intercept Truck Loaded with Ammunition Bound for Anambra State

In a significant victory against illegal arms trafficking, Nigerian troops have successfully intercepted a truck carrying a massive quantity of smuggled ammunition en route to Anambra State. The operation, led by the 192 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, resulted in the arrest of two suspects and the seizure of a substantial cache of ammunition. The swift action of the troops averted a potential disaster, highlighting the importance of ongoing efforts to combat security challenges in the country.

On Saturday, July 15, 2023, the 192 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, operating in the 81 Division Area of Responsibility, received actionable intelligence regarding an international ammunition smuggling syndicate. Acting swiftly on the information, the troops conducted a meticulous and rigorous Stop and Search operation along the Ajilete-Owode Road in Yewa North LGA of Ogun State.

During the operation, the troops discovered a truck bearing the registration number ENU 697 XY, which was suspiciously loaded with what appeared to be ordinary cargo. However, upon closer inspection, it was revealed that the truck was concealing a vast quantity of ammunition. The seizure included 720 packets of Red Star Cartridges of 12 Calibre, each containing 25 cartridges, amounting to a total of 18,000 cartridges. In addition, 250 packets of live (black) cartridges were found, with each packet containing 10 cartridges, totaling 2,500 cartridges of the same caliber.

The two individuals found in possession of the illegal ammunition were identified as Mr. Eric Seworvor, a Ghanaian national, and the driver, Mr. Lukman Sani. Both suspects were immediately taken into custody and are currently assisting with ongoing investigations. Preliminary findings indicate that the smuggled ammunition originated from Mali and was transported via the Idiroko International Border. The criminals managed to evade several other checkpoints en route to their intended destination in Onitsha, Anambra State, where the illicit goods were to be delivered.

Had the troops not intervened, the sheer volume of ammunition discovered could have had catastrophic consequences for innocent members of the public. The Nigerian Army commends the vigilance and dedication of the troops involved in this operation. Their swift and coordinated response underscored the commitment to maintaining a safe and secure atmosphere for all Nigerians and fostering socio-economic development across the country.

In light of this successful operation, the Nigerian Army calls upon all law-abiding citizens to continue supporting the troops and other security agencies by providing credible and actionable information. Collaboration between the public and security forces is vital in combating the prevailing security challenges facing the nation.

Major General Taoreed Lagbaja, the Chief of Army Staff, expressed his appreciation for the troops’ unwavering commitment and urged them to remain steadfast in their efforts. He emphasized the need for synergy among all security services to ensure a safe and secure environment for the nation and promote socio-economic prosperity.

The interception of a truck carrying a substantial quantity of smuggled ammunition bound for Anambra State is a significant achievement for the Nigerian Army. This operation highlights the army’s determination to combat the illegal arms trade and protect innocent citizens from the devastating consequences of such activities. The successful seizure and subsequent arrests are a testament to the army’s ongoing commitment to maintaining security across the country. It is imperative for the public to continue supporting the troops and security agencies by providing vital information to help counter security challenges and create a safe environment for all Nigerians.

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